Kieran gives Dundalk enough breathing space to hold off Chonglais fightback
Dundalk Grammer 15 Scoil Chonglais 15
These two Duff Cup qualifiers went toe-to-toe, with Dundalk using their solid start to hold off Scoil Chonglais in the Bank of Ireland Fr Godfrey Cup first round at Malahide on Tuesday.
They got up to speed well enough with the wind in their sails for full-back Flyn Kieran to knock over a penalty in the sixth minute.
They wasted little time in making their territorial advantage tell when centre David Murdock hared into the right corner for a sweet try, superbly converted by Kieran in the tenth minute.
Baltinglass came more into the game to come close to a breakthrough before Kieran made it in at the left corner in the 22nd minute to build up a 15-point advantage by the break.
It was a lot to do to wipe out the difference for the boys from Baltinglass, too much in the end.
Scoil Chonglais needed to make an immediate impact on resumption and they did so through left wing Aaron Byrne, who evaded the cover to touch down.
The score came very wide out and made the conversion highly unlikely.
The same could be said of the second unconverted try from centre Pauric McMahon in the 43rd minute in difficult kicking conditions.
There was still enough elbow room for manoeuvre.
No 8 Tadhg O'Toole led the charge.
Scrum-half John Keogh was a menace and right wing Diamantino Marcu just couldn't get on the ball enough to make profit out of his pace.
Scorers - Dundalk Grammar: F Kieran try, pen, con; D Murdock try; Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass: A Byrne P McMahon try each.
Dundalk - Flyn Kieran; Thomas Clarke, David Murdock, Max McGloin, Dillon, Dunne; Jack Connolly, Gerald Boylan, Tobi Akinseloyin, Zac Coan, Peter Kerley, David Nwambu, Jake Moran, Daniel Molloy, Andrew Cox, Sean Fitzpatrick. Replacement used: Harry O'Neill.
Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass - Jordan Deans; Diamantino Marcu, Alan Barrett, Pauric McMahon, Aaron Byrne; Dillon O'Toole, John Keogh; Jason Steed, Jason Sinnott, Cathay Brophy, Sean Doody, William Rogers, Senan Molloy, Alan Doyle, Tadhg O'Toole. Replacements used: Conor Kinsella, James Eager.